You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs—but sometimes those eggs drip onto your counter. Deep cleaning your kitchen can be a daunting task, but these steps will have it sparkling in no time.

1) Degrease Appliances

Deep cleaning your oven, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker are all tasks we’d rather avoid. Fortunately, a degreaser can cut through the bulk of the grime before you scrub. Though many commercial degreasing cleaners contain harsh chemicals, there are some great natural options, which is important for use around food.

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2) Organize Storage Drawers

A deep clean is the perfect time to organize your kitchen drawers. After clearing out the drawers and washing with soap and water, place similar items together in piles, and eliminate any junk. Then, use drawer organizers to keep everything in place.

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Our pantries tend to collect more food than we need. Sort through and realistically decide which canned goods you’ll eat, and which can be donated. Instead of storing dry goods in bags, opt for a modular storage system to save space and keep food in your line of sight. Sweep the pantry floors and wipe down shelves to keep pests at bay.

3) Tackle the Pantry

Our pantries tend to collect more food than we need. Sort through and realistically decide which canned goods you’ll eat, and which can be donated. Instead of storing dry goods in bags, opt for a modular storage system to save space and keep food in your line of sight. Sweep the pantry floors and wipe down shelves to keep pests at bay.

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4) Sweep and Mop Floors

We all do quick kitchen sweeps, especially when we spill food, but we may not mop as often as we should. Fortunately, sleek modern mops make the process quick and painless. Be sure to apply some elbow grease to any sticky spots that aren’t coming up with mopping.

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